Archive for November, 2010

Federal Career Intern Program – Will it Survive?

Per a Merit Promotions Board Decision on November 2nd, it appears the the Federal Career Intern Program, which allowed students and others to apply for trainee excepted service jobs without regard to Veteran’s status, may not survive. This is a program which I helped many students and others apply for federal jobs through over the years – and was a backdoor to get into the federal government if you did not have the exact experience for a given federal job (which is exactly the case for many students).

Since this program no longer exists, I wonder how the government will now handle hiring trainees or others they need to fill new positions.

Status of KSAs for Federal Jobs

In June, President Obama issued an Executive Order to eliminate KSAs from Federal Job applications by Nov 1st. This article has information on the status.

This has been partially implemented and is still a work in progress. Per my sources, the status for KSAs for Federal jobs is still in flux. Some agencies are complying with the new requirements for less KSAs, but others seem to be still requiring them. Just today, I evaluated a vacancy announcement (posted this week) which requires 20 (yes 20!) separate essays for application. The procedures for application also seem to be getting more complicated for clients, with several agencies now changing their methods (I have seen more AVUE postings in the past few days – some by agencies who had not used AVUE previously) on how to apply for jobs.

OPM is proud how they think the changes are going. See the following link for more information:

You also may want to see a Washington Post article on this change:

I will be posting additional information as this dynamic situation changes.

Federal Jobs in Demand

The following Federal Jobs are in demand for November per GovCentral:

The Most In-Demand Federal Jobs in November.

Accounting, Budget, and Finance – 775 openings
Biological Sciences – 613 openings
Business, Industry, and Procurement – 799 openings
Engineering and Architecture – 1129 openings
Management, Administration, Clerical, and Office Services – 1525 openings
Medical, Dental, and Public Health – 3151 openings
Physical Sciences – 322 openings
Safety, Health, and Physical and Resource Protection – 276 openings
Social Science, Psychology, and Welfare – 592 openings
Trade and Labor – 502 openings

Note, GovCentral says more than 300,000 openings were available for jobs for the Federal Government in August 2010.

If you want help applying for these jobs, can help you.

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